Hello from Salem, OR
Greetings everyone -
Just checking in here in OR. I'm new to this site, but not new to shooting. I also frequent SnipersHide, but find the LR hunting info there lacking as it's just not the main theme. I'm acquiring parts for a 338 build and am looking for some more input on it.
I hunt blacktail deer here in the Willamette Valley, and should be able to draw a mule deer Eastern OR tag this year. Typical blacktail shots are well under 200 yards around here. However, I also hunt Roosevelt Elk here in the OR coast range. Due to the terrain (steep), cross-canyon shooting is one of the most practical approaches. Typical shots are 600-1000+ for that approach. I took a 4x4 bull elk this year at 662 yards with a Barrett M99, and find that rifle lacking for the job, thus my 338 build. Mind you the ballistics of the 50 certainly aren't lacking, but the trigger is horrible, it's not really that ergonomic, the bipod cants too easy with no way of locking it in, its prohibitively heavy, it cost too much to practice as much as I should... etc, etc.
Anyhow, I'll be starting a new thread regarding my 338 build, what I've got so far and the way Im planning on going with it. Input very much welcomed.